Henri Bergson ( – ) introduced new life to French philosophy, examining the non-mathematical sciences from a philosophical stance. He introduced. Henri Bergson, Duration and Simultaneity: Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe Time, Duration and Freedom – Bergson’s Critical Move Against Kant. Duration and Simultaneity. Henri Bergson Henri Bergson in 20th Century Philosophy Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond.

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Of the many experiments devised for this purpose we need con- sider only the most famous, the Michelson-Morley experiment, discussed in this book.

For Bergson, image differs from representation, but it does not differ bergwon nature from representation since Bergson’s criticism of materialism consists in showing that matter does not differ in nature from representation.

Henri Bergson

We once advanced a simulfaneity ory of that kind with regard to living species. Memories are descending down the cone from the past to the present perception and action.

I can therefore act as if none of my lengths had shrunk, as if my time had not expanded, as if my clocks agreed. The mechanistic approach would preclude the possibility of any real change or creativity, as each development would be potentially contained in the preceding ones.

As noted above, we divide the path that has come to symbolize the flow of real time into equal units of space, and duraation “instants,” which are the ex- tremities of these units.

This article has no associated abstract. The first is of two spools, one unrolling to represent the continuous flow of ageing as one feels oneself moving toward the end of one’s life-span, the other rolling up to represent the continuous growth of memory which, for Bergson, equals consciousness.

Le Circle du Livre, Henri Bergson – – Indianapolis: But, simhltaneity order to show this, Bergson starts with a hypothesis that all we sense are images.

Request removal from index. We said just before that the interval traversed durqtion the clock hand on the dial during the 21 round trip is —. On Einstein’s theory, however, there is no ether to do anything to either clock, so each works as though as in fact is the case on this theory motion made no difference to it. His doctoral thesis was on Time and Free Will: Bergson’s writings were acclaimed not only in France and throughout the learned world.


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In thus formulating humanity’s belief, we are perhaps putting more precision into it than is proper. He showed that if this were so, no experiment carried out on any body at all, without reference to anything external, could reveal whether that body was moving or not although, in fact, there was a real differ- ence between these states provided that the motion was uni- form and that its velocity did not exceed that of light.

Thus Bergsonian intuition is always an intuition of what is other. We are going to show that it would still give us the same figure for the speed of light. Bergson was concerned with experience, as essential philosophy must ever be-in his case pre-eminently with the experience of the passage of time.

We want to save all the transitions between common-sense time and Einstein’s. Museographic Creativeness and the Bricolage of Time Materials. We shall thus obtain a certain conception of time which is half-relativist, one-sided, not yet Einstein’s, but with which we consider it essential to be acquainted.

Its disproof does not rest with experiment or with its mathe- matics, but with an inconsistency in the physical part of the theory; it has physical implications that are both inescapable and incompatible with one another. To preserve the ether, the attempt had already 72 Zf C? Comprehensive analytic knowledge then consists in reconstruction or re-composition of a thing by means of synthesizing the perspectives.

The relativists, however, were not concerned with life. Since its publication inMatter and Memory has attracted considerable attention see, for example, Deleuze I call two flows “contemporaneous” when they are equally one or two for my consciousness, the latter perceiving them together as a single flowing if it sees fit to engage in an undivided act of attention, and, on the other hand, separating them through- out if it prefers to divide its attention between them, even doing both at one and the some time if it decides to divide its attention and yet not cut it in two.

To get at this, we went over Lorentz’ for- mulae term by term, seeking the concrete reality, the perceived or perceptible thing, to which each term corresponded. Duration and Simultaneity Bergson and the Einsteinian Universe.

So, the situation is very different for Bergson than for many other important French and German philosophers of the 20th Century who have massive archives Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. He was appointed professor of philosophy at the College de France in and elected a member of the French Academy in Why was the idea of relativity applied only hesitantly even to the uniform motion that was declared relative? Bergson starts out by showing that the only way in which the two senses of life may be reconciled without being collapsed is to examine real life, the real evolution of the species, that is, the phenomenon of change and its profound causes.


Before Heidegger’s Dismissal of Bergson. How, then, is time introduced into the description? The latter is divisible and measurable because it is space. But, if I make an effort, I sense in my duration a variety of shades. But as soon as this effort is precisely stated, as soon as we seek to justify it, we catch ourselves doubling and multiplying our consciousness, trans- porting it to the extreme limits of our outer experience, then, to the edge of the new field of experience that it has thus dis- closed, and so on indefinitely-they are really multiple con- sciousnesses sprung from ours, similar to ours, which we en- trust with forging a chain across the immensity of the universe and with attesting, through the identity of their inner dura- tions and the contiguity of their outer experiences, the single- ness of an impersonal time.

But, on the other hand, he has shown that life also consists in the practical necessities imposed on our body and accounting for our habitual mode of knowing in spatial terms. This is a most remarkable situation, which, quite apart from the reality or otherwise of asymmetrical aging, calls for serious inquiry. Real duration and spatia- lized time would not then be equivalent, and consequently time in general would no longer exist for us; there would be only each one’s duration.

As we have come to understand Deleuze’s own thought better, we can see the overwhelming influence of Bergson.